In April of 2016, Yanni Hufnagel became the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Nevada. He is coaching the Nevada Wolf Pack team under the guidance of head coach Eric Musselman. Born in 1982, Yanni Hufnagel has amassed a vast amount of coaching experience at such a young age. He has previously coached the Harvard Crimson, the Vanderbilt Commodores and the California Golden Bears basketball teams.
Yanni Hufnagel was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He was the team captain of his high school lacrosse team at Scarsdale High School. Yanni Hufnagel always loved basketball and played on his high school team but was never as good a player as hoped. While still in high school Hufnagel completed a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets. He went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in Adult and Higher Education. While at Oklahoma he served as a graduate student coach for the Sooners basketball team.
Over the last decade, Yanni Hufnagel has established himself as one of the premier college basketball recruiters in the country. He has a great eye for spotting new basketball talent and is a fantastic salesman when it comes to recruitment. When Yanni Hufnagel was still coaching with the California Golden Bears, he helped to recruit a top five class that featured the McDonald’s All-Americans Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. This group of recruits was ranked second nationally by Scout.com, the most trusted website for scouting information.
Yanni Hufnagel has a bright future in coaching men’s basketball. He is enjoying his time at the University of Nevada, and the team is getting better since his arrival. He is delighted with his current position, but it might not be long before he is considering an offer for a head coaching position.